Apple moved 9 of 11 iPhone manufacturing units from China to India, minister says

The Union Minister of IT and Communications of India says that Apple has moved 9 of the 11 iPhone manufacturing units from China to India.

As reported by MyNation:

Union IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed on Thursday that nine of the 11 manufacturing units that make iPhones for Apple have moved from China to India. Speaking at the inaugural session of the 23rd Bengaluru Technology Summit held virtually, he said that even during the period of the pandemic, “nine of its operational units along with component manufacturers moved from China to India.”

The report goes on, noting that Prasad said in the call that Apple had selected the city of Bengaluru to make the iPhone “for India and abroad,” further hinting at reports that Apple plans to make phones for export domestically. as well as in the Indian market. .

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Apple has made several strides to encourage its manufacturers to increase their base in the country, fueled in part by generous government subsidies and the pandemic, which highlighted the need for Apple to diversify its supply chain.

The report is unclear on how much of Apple’s iPhone manufacturing operation has moved into the country. It could be that the minister refers to 9 manufacturing units of Apple’s entire operation in China, or the 11 manufacturing units refer to a smaller portion of the total operation. Apple’s main supplier Foxconn makes most of its iPhones in China, but has factories elsewhere in the world.

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